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Damaged freight is a pesky problem that many shippers have to deal with on a daily basis.
However, regardless of what you do to protect your freight, there is nothing that completely eliminates the possibility of accidents. But it isn't only shippers who are faced with this problem. Many carriers also proactively seek out ways to protect their client's freight. After all, any damage to freight impacts the carriers performance rating even if it was not intentional.
One method that has come along to help reduce damage and save the day is the Safe Stack system.
Safe Stack is basically a loading platform that helps shippers and carriers efficiently stack freight inside of a cargo container. In theory, the Safe Stack system will permit freight to fit more securely, reduce shifting while in transit, and also improve the off-load time. While the system is still being tested and has not been 100% accepted by the entire logistics community, it does show potential for rapid expansion sooner than later.
So, let’s take some time to introduce you to the Safe Stack system in today’s Redwood Logistics blog!
The current version of the Safe Stack was introduced by an LTL carrier about five years ago. The concept has been used unofficially in freight movement for several years, however.
Essentially, it’s a loading system that is built inside of a container or shipping trailer. It is secured inside the unit to keep freight secure while in motion.
When carriers use the system as intended, it can improve delivery and loading times, keep freight protected, and reduces damage while on road. The idea is that the system will produce fewer damaged freight claims, shippers experience less damage and delivery delays. Furthermore, carriers receive better ratings as a result of reduced freight damage. This platform is truly a win-win for everyone.
After reviewing how the freight is loaded, it would appear logical that it’s a rather incredible way to secure freight inside a trailer or freight container. However, there are some pros and cons that should be considered and addressed to provide transparency.
The theory of safe stack systems is viable and a great way to reduce most freight damage while in transit. Of course, shippers should also consider that the way they load freight onto pallets can also reduce shrink. If you’re a shipper and would like to learn more about proper freight loading techniques, contact Redwood Logistics today!